Butch comes full circle

Former Springbok flyhalf Butch James has confirmed that he will finish his career with the Sharks.

James becomes the latest big-name Lions player to leave Johannesburg following the franchise’s relegation from Super Rugby in July.

It’s been no secret that James has been interested in returning to Durban for what could be his final season. On Monday night he confirmed that he is officially back where it all began over 10 years ago.

‘Officially Black & White for next year! Its good to be home!!’ James tweeted.

James made his Super Rugby debut for the Sharks in 2001, and played for the franchise for seven seasons before joining English club Bath.

He signed with the Lions in 2011 for two seasons in order to make himself eligible for national selection ahead of the World Cup in New Zealand.

While James did not feature prominently at that tournament, he did play a key role in the Boks’ successful global campaign in 2007.

He will provide valuable cover in the flyhalf position next season, and more importantly he will be tasked with mentoring younger Sharks pivots like Pat Lambie.